I’ve got really great news for Globe customers like me!
Globe has just announced its largest network upgrade to date, 10 years after it introduced data with its nationwide network transformation program. The network upgrades come right at the heels of the government asking telcos to improve internet services especially during these times when reliable and dependable connectivity is direly needed.
I am so excited to have learned about this bit of very welcome news, not only as a parent to a student who, now more than ever, depends on a strong and stable internet connection for online schooling, but also as someone who works online every single day.
So, if you’re just as interested as me about this (and you should be), allow me to explain in a little more detail how Globe plans to rollout these upgrades…
Ready in 1… 2… 3!
Globe laid out a 3-pronged strategy to improve voice and data experience of its customers:
Cell sites? Oh, yes! More please!
The first is to accelerate cell site builds to expand coverage and increase capacity for data (YES!). With the strong support of ARTA (Anti-Red Tape Authority) and the recently signed Bayanihan to Recover As One (aka Bayanihan 2), the faster processing and release of various national and LGU permits are crucial to jumpstart the infrastructure builds to improve the country’s overall state of connectivity. I am personally very thankful that this long overdue concern by telcos has been finally addressed by the government. Red tape and the ridiculous number of permits needed to put up just ONE CELLSITE has been the biggest roadblock in improving connectivity and speed in the Philippines.
4G/LTE goodness you can truly feel — everywhere!
The second is to upgrade all its sites to have 4G/LTE using many different frequencies, which are very important for both coverage and speeds. With 4G everywhere, the whole country will be data-ready and capable to meet the increasing demands of customers for bandwidth and faster speeds. Nice!
A bigger better broadband awaits us!
The third is to fast track the fiberization of Filipino homes to improve data experience using wireline connectivity. This is something I’m sure many folks, especially those who are studying at home and people who are currently on a “work from home” (WFH) setup, will consider most welcome news. As Filipinos spend more time at home because of the lockdowns and the uncertainty of how soon we can all go back to our normal lives and activities, Globe hopes to address the growing demand for home broadband with a much larger fiber footprint, using only the most advanced technologies.
It’s coming sooner than you think!
I’m sure the next question in your mind is, “When can we expect to feel these improvements and upgrades?” Well… not too long from now, actually.
All network upgrades are expected to be completed by 2021. Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu recently said that Globe is in a much better position now to fulfill the demands of its customers. In heeding the call of the government, Globe shall endeavor to provide their customers with improved network performance and quality of service. Mr. Cu also added that they look towards the future where the Philippines would have a strong digital economy backed by resilient and reliable connectivity.
I am super excited and definitely looking forward to all these upgrades and service improvements.
Globe is the country’s leader in mobile and hopes to cement its leadership in the broadband category. For 2020, the company committed to spend Php 50.3 billion in CapEx (Capital expenditures — Funds used by a company to acquire, upgrade, and maintain physical assets such as property, plants, buildings, technology, or equipment.), majority of which will be spent on its network initiatives.
In case you haven’t been aware, Globe previously released a series of network related updates including the build of 900 cellsites with five shared independent tower companies (towercos), securing 190 permits from 85 local government units (LGU), network upgrades in eight key areas of Visayas and Mindanao, as well as putting up 32 new towers in several key barangays in Quezon City. Globe is also rolling out fiber lines in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Cebu and Davao del Sur. The telco’s fiber roll out during the last 8 months already represents a 51.4% increase over full year 2019. To date, the company is proactively migrating customers from copper lines to fiber — free of charge.
And, oh! By the way… even as Globe undertakes a massive network upgrade, it is also firing up its 5G network, targeting areas in key locations such as Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Makati CBD, Rockwell Center, Ortigas CBD, strategic areas along EDSA and C5, Taguig, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Las Pin͂as, Valenzuela, and Caloocan. I personally can’t wait to experience 5G in my area very soon!
Globe is committed to support 10 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), such as UNSDG No. 9 on building resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation.
Good job, Globe! As a long time loyal Globe subscriber (I am subscribed to their postpaid mobile and broadband services), this kind of reassurance and dedication to customer satisfaction makes me truly happy. It also constantly reminds of why I have never had the desire to look elsewhere.